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Hi all,
After 17 months of waiting my visa has finally come through!!!
We couldnt be happier.
Mine 309 came through, but not my 100 like many other people.
Cant complain, so happy to finally have this after such a long time waiting.
now we are looking through back entries about requirements for updating IMMI for the 100 part of the application.

stay hopeful everyone. 17 months had me almost broken but then it came through
So exciting! Congratulations!
 

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Hello, I'm new to this forum and applied for my husband's 309 in April 2018. First I want to say what an amazing place this is for people to come and share their experiences in this long, and sometimes difficult, journey. I have a quick question in regards to completing the medical after applying for the visa. Can he just click on "Organise Health Examinations" in his immi account then complete the eMedical "record medical history" online form to get his referral letter and HAP ID then go for his appointment? Or does he have to wait to be contact by a CO?

I just get a little confused reading the instructions on the Government website where it says "We provide you a HAP ID and ask that you undergo health examinations" does "we" mean a CO? or does "we" mean the automatic button in the immi account that says this person requires a health examination?

Also, "My Health Declarations" is different to eMedical, yes? because it says "Please do not use My Health Declarations if you have already lodged a visa application" and I would hate for this to delay the application.
 

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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share the good news that I got my 309 visa yesterday! There was a bit more drama to get there - after getting an email last week that my evidence had been received, I got a second email on Tuesday from my case officer saying she hadn't received anything. But I sent everything again yesterday and heard back that I got the visa in less than four hours. I'm still in a bit of shock that I actually have a visa. I've looked at the email about twenty times just to make sure it's real.

Things that may be of interest to some of you who are still waiting (although who knows if what applies to one will apply to all):
1. My visa was granted even though my medical and criminal background checks (FBI and New York State) were over a year old. They asked for an updated AFP check for my husband - his was also over a year old - but did not request updates for me.
2. They gave me 64 days to enter Australia - which was more time than I expected.

Good luck to everyone still waiting. I know how hard these past 15 months have been for us so I definitely empathize with everyone still waiting.

All the best,
Anna

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I applied for a prospective spouse visa on June 1, 2017.
We added my medical checks and both our police checks (AFP, FBI and NYS) all before August 8, 2017.
We got married on July 12, 2018.
My visa application was changed from 300 to 309 on August 10, 2018.
I got a request for more information on August 10, 2018.
I submitted more information on August 25, 2018...and again on September 5th.
I got the 309 visa on September 5th!!!
 

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Wow big congrats! That's awesome!
Just two quick questions
1.What time did you get your 309 approved? Reason I ask is because I'm trying to determine if visas are being processed in Aus or the US? If odd timing -I'm assuming it's in Aus
2. We received the in progress email but no case officer mentioned ? How do you know you've been assigned a case officer ?

Thanks in advance and congrats again !

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share the good news that I got my 309 visa yesterday! There was a bit more drama to get there - after getting an email last week that my evidence had been received, I got a second email on Tuesday from my case officer saying she hadn't received anything. But I sent everything
again yesterday and heard back that I got the visa in less than four hours. I'm still in a bit of shock that I actually have a visa. I've looked at the email about twenty times just to make sure it's real.

Things that may be of interest to some of you who are still waiting (although who knows if what applies to one will apply to all):
1. My visa was granted even though my medical and criminal background checks (FBI and New York State) were over a year old. They asked for an updated AFP check for my husband - his was also over a year old - but did not request updates for me.
2. They gave me 64 days to enter Australia - which was more time than I expected.

Good luck to everyone still waiting. I know how hard these past 15 months have been for us so I definitely empathize with everyone still waiting.

All the best,
Anna

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I applied for a prospective spouse visa on June 1, 2017.
We added my medical checks and both our police checks (AFP, FBI and NYS) all before August 8, 2017.
We got married on July 12, 2018.
My visa application was changed from 300 to 309 on August 10, 2018.
I got a request for more information on August 10, 2018.
I submitted more information on August 25, 2018...and again on September 5th.
I got the 309 visa on September 5th!!!
 

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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share the good news that I got my 309 visa yesterday! There was a bit more drama to get there - after getting an email last week that my evidence had been received, I got a second email on Tuesday from my case officer saying she hadn't received anything. But I sent everything again yesterday and heard back that I got the visa in less than four hours. I'm still in a bit of shock that I actually have a visa. I've looked at the email about twenty times just to make sure it's real.

Things that may be of interest to some of you who are still waiting (although who knows if what applies to one will apply to all):
1. My visa was granted even though my medical and criminal background checks (FBI and New York State) were over a year old. They asked for an updated AFP check for my husband - his was also over a year old - but did not request updates for me.
2. They gave me 64 days to enter Australia - which was more time than I expected.

Good luck to everyone still waiting. I know how hard these past 15 months have been for us so I definitely empathize with everyone still waiting.

All the best,
Anna

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I applied for a prospective spouse visa on June 1, 2017.
We added my medical checks and both our police checks (AFP, FBI and NYS) all before August 8, 2017.
We got married on July 12, 2018.
My visa application was changed from 300 to 309 on August 10, 2018.
I got a request for more information on August 10, 2018.
I submitted more information on August 25, 2018...and again on September 5th.
I got the 309 visa on September 5th!!!
Congratulations that's amazing news!!

Our timeline is very similar. We applied June 30th 2017 for a PMV but were married April 7th 2018. A week ago we were asked for a state police check and are just waiting for it to come back. We supplied a lot of the same additional information you did and are hoping to have our Partner Visa approved very soon as well!!
 

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Wow big congrats! That's awesome!
Just two quick questions
1.What time did you get your 309 approved? Reason I ask is because I'm trying to determine if visas are being processed in Aus or the US? If odd timing -I'm assuming it's in Aus
2. We received the in progress email but no case officer mentioned ? How do you know you've been assigned a case officer ?

1. I believe they are being processed in the US. The paperwork we have received so far has US Embassy Washington on the bottom and also judging by the time of day we received the emails (middle of the night in Australia).

2. We never even received the progress email. Our application changed from "received" to "further assessment". We only knew we had been assigned a case officer by the first email asking for an additional police check. It had the CO's name on the email and the attachment for the request.
 

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Hello guys, just submitted my 309 on Sep 6th through the online portal, please add me to the wait list and hopefully the wait time continue to drop as I wait.

Front loaded with police certificates, but still compiling all the relationship documents (photos, chat records etc).

One question: what is the best way to submit our online chat records? We mainly communicate through WhatsApp (nobody makes phone call or email anymore) and we have years of chat history - they wouldn't expect me to screenshot every single one of them would they. How long should I go back for online chat?
 

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Hello guys, just submitted my 309 on Sep 6th through the online portal, please add me to the wait list and hopefully the wait time continue to drop as I wait.

Front loaded with police certificates, but still compiling all the relationship documents (photos, chat records etc).

One question: what is the best way to submit our online chat records? We mainly communicate through WhatsApp (nobody makes phone call or email anymore) and we have years of chat history - they wouldn't expect me to screenshot every single one of them would they. How long should I go back for online chat?
We use kik and whatsapp, and I did screenshots of a weeks worth every month, to show consistency and frequency, then dragged them into a document 3 across. I then updated it every 4 months or so with a new upload.
 

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Hello. My husband applied for his 309 through DC in April this year and I have a question regarding the medical.

Firstly, let me say this is a great forum for everyone going through the immigration process. It helps out with information but also lets us know we aren’t alone in this long, and sometimes difficult, process.

Regarding the medical, can my husband go for his medical before being asked by a CO? or does a CO have to give him a HAP ID?

The website says “We provide you a HAP ID” is “we” a CO or is it the Arrange Health Examination button on his immi account? If it is the latter then I’m guessing we can fill out the eMedical online form and get his medical when we are ready.

Also, are My Health Declarations and eMedical different? I just get a tad confused because the website says “Please do not use My Health Declarations if you have already lodged a visa application.”,and I want to make sure clicking the Arrange Health Examination button on his immi account and getting eMedical Referral letter won’t slow the visa process down.

Has anyone arranged their medical after submitting the visa application and before being contacted by a CO?

Thanks again, ��
 

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Hello. My husband applied for his 309 through DC in April this year and I have a question regarding the medical.

Firstly, let me say this is a great forum for everyone going through the immigration process. It helps out with information but also lets us know we aren't alone in this long, and sometimes difficult, process.

Regarding the medical, can my husband go for his medical before being asked by a CO? or does a CO have to give him a HAP ID?

The website says "We provide you a HAP ID" is "we" a CO or is it the Arrange Health Examination button on his immi account? If it is the latter then I'm guessing we can fill out the eMedical online form and get his medical when we are ready.

Also, are My Health Declarations and eMedical different? I just get a tad confused because the website says "Please do not use My Health Declarations if you have already lodged a visa application.",and I want to make sure clicking the Arrange Health Examination button on his immi account and getting eMedical Referral letter won't slow the visa process down.

Has anyone arranged their medical after submitting the visa application and before being contacted by a CO?

Thanks again, ��
Everyone gets the action required immi notification. A request comes from a CO.

You can do it before being requested, but with it only being valid 12 months, it's recommended to wait. If you want to do it anyway, just click the link in immi and do the questionnaire. It'll then give you the form you need with the HAPID.
 

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after getting an email last week that my evidence had been received, I got a second email on Tuesday from my case officer saying she hadn't received anything. But I sent everything again yesterday and heard back that I got the visa in less than four hours.
Do you know what happened there? Was that first email automated or from your CO? We attached requested info early last week but haven't received any emails. The request letter said like 5 times just to upload the info and not to contact them directly but now I'm anxious...
 

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Just got an email this morning requesting further docs and the status changed to "initial assessment". not long now i hope.
Oh that's good news! Was your app early or late July? I'm starting to get concerned as my current visa here in Oz is up October 19, and our wedding is planned for Nov 9 in Queensland (we're living in Victoria). At the time we scheduled it of course, it seemed 15 months was more than enough time for an approval, but now the venue needs 30 days notice if we need to change it. So disheartening, only a few weeks to make alot of decisions while waiting with baited breath for a visa :(
 

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Oh that's good news! Was your app early or late July? I'm starting to get concerned as my current visa here in Oz is up October 19, and our wedding is planned for Nov 9 in Queensland (we're living in Victoria). At the time we scheduled it of course, it seemed 15 months was more than enough time for an approval, but now the venue needs 30 days notice if we need to change it. So disheartening, only a few weeks to make alot of decisions while waiting with baited breath for a visa :(
Mid July.

If i were you, I'd start calling everyone. Make a stink. Call your local MP, email the immigration minister, email the prime minister! and get your family to do the same. Get everyone you know to call their local MP and complain. At this point, it can't hurt your case.
 

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Mid July.

If i were you, I'd start calling everyone. Make a stink. Call your local MP, email the immigration minister, email the prime minister! and get your family to do the same. Get everyone you know to call their local MP and complain. At this point, it can't hurt your case.
Good idea, we're on it!
 

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Wow big congrats! That's awesome!
Just two quick questions
1.What time did you get your 309 approved? Reason I ask is because I'm trying to determine if visas are being processed in Aus or the US? If odd timing -I'm assuming it's in Aus
2. We received the in progress email but no case officer mentioned ? How do you know you've been assigned a case officer ?

Thanks in advance and congrats again !
Thank you. My visa was approved at 3:42 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. I have gotten some emails with no people listed but you could tell that they were not just automated replies and others signed with a first name and a position number. I believe the visa was processed through the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C. I hope that helps.
 

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Do you know what happened there? Was that first email automated or from your CO? We attached requested info early last week but haven't received any emails. The request letter said like 5 times just to upload the info and not to contact them directly but now I'm anxious...
I honestly don't know what happened. When I initially tried to send the evidence - which had been requested by my case officer, I tried to upload it into my immiaccount. But my account said it was finalised and I wasn't able to add any documents. So I then tried to respond to the email requesting the information. The attachments were too large so I sent six different emails with attachments. Because of this, I asked for confirmation that they had received all the materials. I got all the automated email responses that the emails had been received immediately and also got an unsigned email that stated that all of my correspondence had been received five days later. It seemed directly responsive and not just an automatic email. The following week I got the signed email from my case officer stating that she had not received the evidence. So, I broke down the attachments into even smaller files and emailed back to her from a different email account in case there was a problem with the email account itself (sending eight different emails). Then, as I said, I heard back less than four hours later. All the emails I sent were to the same email address.

Going back to an earlier discussion on the forum, after I got my 309 visa, I emailed my case officer to thank her and also ask if there were any next steps I should take at this point to ensure that I was doing everything I was supposed to do for my 100 visa. I got an automated email that said to call the Canada phone number or go to the website. So, no help on that front.

Hope this information helps...
 

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I honestly don't know what happened. When I initially tried to send the evidence - which had been requested by my case officer, I tried to upload it into my immiaccount. But my account said it was finalised and I wasn't able to add any documents. So I then tried to respond to the email requesting the information. The attachments were too large so I sent six different emails with attachments. Because of this, I asked for confirmation that they had received all the materials. I got all the automated email responses that the emails had been received immediately and also got an unsigned email that stated that all of my correspondence had been received five days later. It seemed directly responsive and not just an automatic email. The following week I got the signed email from my case officer stating that she had not received the evidence. So, I broke down the attachments into even smaller files and emailed back to her from a different email account in case there was a problem with the email account itself (sending eight different emails). Then, as I said, I heard back less than four hours later. All the emails I sent were to the same email address.

Going back to an earlier discussion on the forum, after I got my 309 visa, I emailed my case officer to thank her and also ask if there were any next steps I should take at this point to ensure that I was doing everything I was supposed to do for my 100 visa. I got an automated email that said to call the Canada phone number or go to the website. So, no help on that front.

Hope this information helps...
That's interesting because that status changes to finalised when a decision has been made. Mine only changed to that after I got the grant each time. Sounds like they may have stuffed up and closed it early?
 
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